Error, Noise, and Potential: The Outside of Purpose – Reading Response

There were a few lines within the reading that really stuck out to me and I wrote them down to reference and discuss them in greater detail. For example, “Error, in effect, serves its purpose as a corrective – what keeps purpose on purpose and tasks on goal” (7)

I found this quote particularly useful when it comes to understanding how error works in not just computers, but in society as well. When an error occurs, the problem is found and solutions as well are found to fix that error. Error is what keeps things going and what allows society to function. A perfect system cannot exist because errors are what makes the system perfect.

Which leads me to the next quote I found interesting; “…[E]rror is increasingly programmed out of (and therefore, ironically into, by way of error handling messages and feedback responses) social and market processes…” (8). Try as much as we do program error out of computers and society, errors will always occur and need to occur. Its what brings attention to a system and allows the system to grow and function, sometimes better than before. By finding the error and correcting it, the system evolves and changes to be more efficient. The film, The Matrix, for example, is all about systems and systems of control and discusses error to a large extent. Those who escape the Matrix are the results of error in the system and, as the movie explains, the same error occurred over and over again and the machines learned how to “fix” the error more quickly and efficiently each time, therefore, becoming more perfect of a system. What I gathered from this reading is that error is necessary for a system to function and to become perfect.



Peter Krapp reading

Peter Krapp’s chapter Noise Floor: Between Tinnitus and Raw Data goes into depth as he writes about sound glitch. by differentiating between noise and signal and between sound and sound art. Ultimately, Peter Krapp recognizes the potential of glitching when it comes to sound. In addition, he makes it very clear that there is a difference between signal and noise and it is that noise is made while signals are sounds that provide people with a symbolized meaning.

I happened to agree with his interpretation of noise and signals because there is an obvious difference that people seem to overlook. An example of a signal would be when a fire alarm repeatedly beeps loudly and obnoxiously to symbolize that there is a fire and that people should evacuate the premises. People would classify that as a random noise when it is an actual sound with meaning. I like how Krapp recognizes that the glitches that occur within the realm of digital technology, provide a window for new sounds to be created. 



My name is Daniel Gold. I am a third year transfer student from Los Angeles, CA. I was originally born in Miami, FL and came to California when I was eleven years old. I am excited to be taking this course as it will educate me more about glitch art. dan 123